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Counsellor Bank Opportunities

 The Counselling Service is currently looking to recruit to our Counsellor Bank of qualified counsellors who enjoy the flexibility of occasional counselling work in a busy, thriving Counselling Service in the University sector.

Closing date for applications: tbc

Interview dates: We are holding an open session for all those who meet the core criteria on (date and time tbc) this will be an opporutnity to find out more about the role and see if if is something you wish to pursue. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview - dates tbc

Rate of pay: successful candidates will be paid on a sessional rate of £26 per hour, which is the hourly rate at the top spinal point of the salary scale FA7 (core university counsellor's grade). You will be paid via the University variable monthly (VAM ) payroll system. Pay would be honoured for any 'no show' appointments, but the time would be expected to be filled with other counselling service tasks as appropriate.

Bank Counsellor system: successful candidates' details will be held on file and bank counsellors will be contacted as and when required. Bank counsellors will be expected to be available at short notice on occasion. Blocks of bank work may be between 4 and 8 weeks, depending on the time of the academic year and the funding available. A full induction will be given.

Work Pattern: Bank counsellors tend to work for one (or occasionally two) days per week, as demand requires. Bank counsellors are expected to book 6 client sessions per full day. Occasionally half days may be appropriate, for instance towards the end of a block of bank work. Supervision will be in-house, approximately every 3 to 4 weeks. Experience informs us that space for the minimal administrative tasks required will emerge through a proportion of appointments not attending. If this is not the case, separate arrangements can be made.

Accreditation: It is your responsibility to ensure your accredited status with your professional body is kept up to date, including adequate and appropriate supervision.

Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick (NB the Counselling Service may be moving to a different university location in the foreseeable future)

Overview: You will be professionally trained and accredited (through BACP or equivalent) and experienced in working with predominantly short term counselling interventions and will appreciate the benefits of this brief work in the Higher Education context.

You will be a team player with a pragmatic, positive, ‘can-do’ approach. You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and administrative skills and an ability to manage your own workload to meet the needs of the service.

Job Purpose: To provide individual, face-to-face counselling to students and staff offering predominantly brief counselling.

Context: The Counselling Service is an integral part of the University's Wellbeing Support Services, a comprehensive welfare system to support students and staff at the university. The Counselling Service continues to hold BACP Accredited Service, awarded May 2009.

Team: The Counselling Service consists of 8 (mostly 0.75 posts) core accredited counselling staff including a Deputy Head of Service, plus a full time Head of Service and two Administrators (1.65 FTE). The team normally includes a trainee counsellor and clinical psychology doctorate student as part of the commitment to contribute to the field of professional training. The Counselling Service also engages Associate Counsellors who are qualified and working towards accreditation.

Service Delivery: As well as individual face-to-face intervention, the Counselling Service offers email counselling, group therapy, issue-based workshops and themed groups as well as a range of self-help resources. All team members are committed to delivering brief therapy where appropriate although there is scope to engage in some medium-term therapy work. The service works to a model of service delivery where no clients are pre-assessed.. Counselling staff members are core-trained in various theoretical orientations including person-centred, intergrative and cognitive behavioural therapy; all work predominantly generically. Core staff supervise bank counsellors (and associates/trainees)

If you are a qualified, accredited counsellor with counselling experience, preferrably in the HE sector, you may be interested in applying.


For more details, or an informal discussion about the Counsellor Bank, please call Samantha Tarren 02476 523761.



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